Ferguson Township and Mt. Nittany Health donate 11 portable defibrillators to local organizations

Date: April 23, 2018

Automated External Debrillators (AEDs) are lifesaving portable devices that can restore normal rhythm to the heart in the critical minutes after sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs. No public facility should be without one. The AED allows even a non-medical practitioner to respond immediately in an SCA crisis, when brain death can occur within 4 – 6 minutes. According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, the response time from discovering the SCA, calling 9-1-1, and an ambulance reaching the patient is no less than 8 minutes.

“Statistically, people who have access to an AED are much more likely to save lives,” said Ferguson Township Police Sergeant Ryan Hendrick. 

Each of these devices has a battery pack, wired sensors, and a computer that detects abnormalities and determines whether and when to deliver an electrical charge to the heart. The newest models are equipped with the technology to provide real-time information to the hospital receiving the patient. First responders like our police are relying on that state-of-the-art technology to get patients treated as quickly as possible. 

To ensure they have the technology they need on a daily basis, Ferguson Township Police have purchased those new models for our municipal building and our patrol cars. 

Hendrick said when it came time to decide whether to sell the Township’s older AEDs -- which are still working -- or give them to local community organizations that need them, Ferguson Township Manager David Pribulka did not hesitate to approve donating them. “We’re donating them to organizations that otherwise wouldn’t have them,” Pribulka said.  

Mt. Nittany Health donated about $2,500 to purchase new batteries and pads for the older models. With Mt. Nittany’s help, Ferguson Township has donated 11 refurbished AEDs to local organizations, including State College Little League, State College Teener Baseball League, American Legion Post 245, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, and Centre Region parks and Recreation (CRPR) for its soccer, lacrosse and track programs. 

Each donated AED will be stored in a locked, covered location so they will be secure and protected from the elements.  

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute